Durham Alliance Combination League: Hall Farm revel in new set-up with only unbeaten record

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Hall Farm are making a statement of intent in the new league, boasting the only unbeaten record.

They trail leaders Durham City Reserves by two points but have two games in hand on the fledgling front-runners.

On Monday, Darren Cessford’s goal earned Hall Farm a 1-1 draw with Redcar Town, with Aaron Blakey star man.

Farm outgunned Blackhill & Ebchester 4-0 on Wednesday, with Lee Pearce, Chris Bewick, Josh Tuckwell and sub Bradley Timm netting.

Last weekend, Sunderland side Guide Post claimed a hard-earned 4-2 victory at Washington AFC.

Guide Post, the renamed Redhouse Last Orders, were the brighter team from the off and dominated the first 15 minutes, with chances falling to Scott Mallaburn and Adam McQuillan.

Post finally took the lead with a Mallaburn strike, then McQuillan made it two but Washington caught the visitors sleeping with a long ball over the top and they pulled one back.

Guide dominated the second period and Mark Curry’s penalty, followed by a Mallaburn effort, steered them into a 4-1 lead before the home side bagged a late consolation.

Oddies opened the scoring at Blackhill & Ebchester, but had to rely on two second-half strikes to rescue a point in a 3-3 draw.

Michael Bulmer made the breakthrough for Oddies, nicely volleying home a right-wing cross, but Stephen Agnew’s powerful 25-yarder levelled it up and Agnew fired home another long-ranger to put Blackhill in front.

Against the run of play, the hosts went 3-1 up with a classy, curling effort from Michael Hannant, but Oddies kept going and deservedly gave themselves a lifeline when Martin Thompson fired past the keeper.

Bulmer notched his second goal, a drive into the top corner, to finish the scoring at 3-3.

Bishop Auckland Reserves cruised to an impressive 6-0 home win over Killingworth YPC, who had started the new season in fine form.

Sam Joyce’s opener, after a great run from Liam Gill at right-back set up a convincing victory, with. Liam Woodfine rounding the keeper to double the lead before Gill powered home from a tight angle. Connor MacEvoy, after a well-timed forward run and through ball from man of the match Tom Fisk, made it four, then Woodbine and Jordan Maughan completed the scoring.

Durham City Reserves won well, 4-1 at Farringdon Detached, thanks to strikes from Chris Pattinson (2), Michael Webster and an own goal.

Coundon & Leeholme were held 0-0 by Redcar Town, while Connor Sutton, Howard Stafstrom and Kevin Ayre notched for Whitburn Village in a 5-3 defeat to Hartlepool Reserves, whose star man was keeper Graeme Swinbourne. Whitburn had David Barrow sent off.

Glenn Hendrix hit six in Sherburn Village WMC’s 13-1 romp at Seaham New Westlea on Monday, backed by William Harker (3), Joe Simpson (2), Chris Brown and Steven Turnbull.

Oddies beat Whitburn Village 3-0, thanks to star man Luke Taylor (2) and Steven Clark. Keeper Paul Howliston shone for the visitors.

Farringdon Detached claimed a 3-2 win at Washington AFC to secure their first victory in the league, while Durham City Reserves triumphed 3-0 at Brandon United Development, with Chris Pattinson, Daniel Knowd and sub Dominic Hogg on target.

Jeremy Allen and Adam Crathorne gave Durham City Reserves three more points on Wednesday, when they won 2-1 at Hartlepool Reserves.

Michael Bulmer (2), James Mitchell and Daniel Snowdon steered Oddies to a 4-0 win over Brandon United Development, while Glenn Hendrix’s goal, and a man-of-the-match display by keeper David Pritchard, helped Sherburn Village WMC beat Coundon & Leeholme 1-0.

Monday’s results: Brandon Utd Development 0 Durham City Reserves 3, Hall Farm 1 Redcar Town 1, Oddies 3 Whitburn Village 0, Seaham New Westlea 1 Sherburn Village WMC 13, Washington AFC 2 Farringdon Detached 3

Wednesday’s results: Guide Post 0 Bishop Auckland Reserves 5, Hall Farm 4 Blackhill & Ebchester 0, Hartlepool Reserves 1 Durham City Reserves 2, Oddies 4 Brandon United Development 0, Sherburn Village WMC 1 Coundon & Leeholme 0